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The Hills is Lonely: Tales from the Hebrides (Lillian Beckwith's Hebridean Tales Book 1) by [Beckwith, Lillian]
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For an unsentimental, lively, apparently photographically accurate picture of a Hebridean island, Miss Beckwith's essays or memoirs or stories would be hard to beat (The Times)

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Lillian Beckwith's classic tales of crofting life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2142 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RBO3YY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Way back in the 1950s Lillian Beckwith was recommended to take a nice quiet break fcr the good of her health. One of the replies to her advert in a well-known periodical was from the tiny Hebridean island of Bruach. Morag, who was to become the landlady of "Miss Peckwitt" for the next two years, wrote "Surely it is that quiet here even the sheeps themselves on the hills is lonely...". Lillian Beckwith's account of her stay on Bruach has hardly been out of print since it first appeared in 1957. Read it and you will understand why. Re-live her experiences of the market day punch-up, the attempt to tow some cows from an even more remote island in a small rowing boat behind a rickety fishing boat and, above all, the funeral of Ian Mor. I laughed out loud.
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One of my favourite books. My original copy has fallen apart, so I just had to buy a new one. Anyone who enjoys Scotland will surely enjoy reading this story of how a teacher from Manchester tried her hand at crofting, and learned to appreciate a way of life which is rapidly disappearing.
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Format: Audio Cassette
once again the combination of Lilian Bethwith author and Hannah Gordon narrator is outstanding. The characters are really brought to life and the scenery is described so wonderfully that one can see it all so clearly. The humour makes one laugh out loud. Just to listen to Hannah Gordon portraying each character is amazing also.
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When reading this book, it is worth keeping in mind that it was first published in 1959 - things have moved on considerably in the world since then - and that includes the Western Isles.

The story of 'Miss Peckwitt' and her time in the Hebrides is covered in a number of books, but this one relates her arrival and early times on the island, and her introduction to the community, its foibles, drawbacks, and pleasures. It is extremely entertaining, and it is to be hoped that the islanders had as many jokes at her expense as she did at theirs. She says in the book that she is sure they did, but that they were discreet about it. Reading the story again after a number of years, I do find a touch of superiority in her attitude towards the locals, but I take consolation from her tale of the two visitors who encountered a local young man on the hill, and decided to test his intelligence by asking him if he could count well enough to say how many of them were standing there. Their faces were apparently a picture when he said there were 100: he was the one, and they were the two nothings. It seems that while he was a local, he was also a medical student at a well-known university, at home on holiday....

While light-hearted, the book is nevertheless a useful social history of the time, when Gaelic was the islanders' first language, light was provided by oil lamps, water was carried from the well, and entertainment came in the form of ceilidhs, visiting neighbours, reading, and going to church, and a trip away from the island involved boats and buses, and several hours' travel to get to a town.
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No exciting story-line, just a narrative of everyday life in a unique setting, beautifully told. I found the story really engaging.
It was lovely to read a book that could happily be shared with younger members of the family.
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This is one of those books that you are so glad you purchased. My only complaint is that is finished!

The description of life in Bruach, and it's residents, is well written with lots of laugh out loud moments. The take on life was very resfreshing and I could do with hearing more about Morag et al.
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As a devotee of crime fiction this is way off my normal reading list, but I love the Hebrides, if only as a murder location, so thought that it was worth splashing out 99p on this as a 'Daily Deal.' It's beautifully written and the author has a humorous and intelligent turn of phrase that fits the situations perfectly. Being of a practical nature, I had to reflect on how a teacher in Manchester managed to survive financially for two years without working, and would like to have known more about her life prior to her travels. She certainly deserved my admiration for managing to overcome her previous townie life and cope with the spartan conditions she found. Set in the 1950s it's evocative of a time gone by, though at times I sat and wondered if those times had actually passed, or were the Hebrides still clinging on to some of the ways and conditions described in the book. I really must go and find out!
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I was delighted to see this on the Kindle list. I read all Lillian Beckwith's books when they were originally published and wondered if this would stand the test of time. It did and I so enjoyed revisiting the characters and found the work just as funny as it was decades ago. I just love the way the locals are so pitying of the English visitor "not having the Gaelic" so they cannot accurately translate the meaning of many a comment or observation. The wedding chapter was really funny, so accurately painted that you could mentally picture the whole congregation. Thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants to look back (possibly to before they were born) to a time when life was simpler, slower and kinder.
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